The final Saturday meeting o the
racing season saw all eight races taken out by South Australian trained
horses including the feature the Lightning Stakes as the locals
successfully held off the strong challenges of the Victorian visitors.
In the first race Conduction (Reset-Great Manners by Rubiton) proved too
good finishign strongly on the inside to defeat Road Warrior with the
consistent Mr Lowndes third. The final 2yo race of the year saw a
two horse war in the straight as Golden Dane (by Danerich) having his
first start holding the lead but in the final stages Little Less Lip was
too strong taking the lead in the shadows of the post to win with
another first starter More than Eagle third.
In the third race Our Sphinx ran on
strongly out wide to take control inside the final 100m and come away to
win well from Where's Tim with Two Bees third. It was only Our
Sphinx's third race in SA having previously been trained in NSW.
Kosciuszko's Side had too much speed in the straight to hold off all
challenges to win from the fast finishing Social Assassin with
Unser completed a early double for
the Tony McEvoy stable in winning the fifth race with a strong finish
with Shiny Buttons continuing his very consistent form running second
with Ma Shang in third. Lilgiggleo continued in his excellent form
andafter two recent placings from a spell he kicked clear of the
opposition to win the Open Hcp from Forty Two Below with Likable
The feature event of the day was the Lightning Stakes a Listed event
over 1050m and it was the Blevic filly Avoid Lightning that proved too
strong for a very smart field with runners coming from locally, Victoria
and even NSW. Taking her record to 5 wins from 6 starts Avoid
Lighting defeated Vatican with the highly favoured Le Societe third.
The final race on the card was taken out by Tsarina Wonder from
Victorian Constant Momentum with Fosseding Barnes third.
In related racing news on
Sunday 29th July recent South Australian jumps winner and placegetter
Zaman took the next step in his jumps career winning the feature JJ
Houlahan Hurdle at Sandown showing the strength of some of the visiting
jumpers to SA. While some may have commented that Victorians tend
to take home a lot of the prize in both jumps and feature races in SA
its always fantastic to be able to horses of the best calibre such as
Zaman (and in recent times Black and Bent & Pentiffic and on the
flat Black Caviar) show there wares in front of the Adelaide audience
instead of just on TV. There is nothing like seeing a top
racehorse in action live at the track.